Cooking from My New England Roots - A Game-Changing Chef Redefines a Classic American Cuisine
In his debut cookbook, chef Matt Jennings honors the iconic foods of his heritage and celebrates the fresh ingredients that have come to define his renowned, inventive approach to cooking. With four James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef: Northeast, three Cochon 555 wins, and a spot on Food & Wine’s 40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under list, Jennings is a culinary innovator known for his unexpected uses of traditional northern ingredients (maple syrup glazes a roasted duck; a molasses and cider barbecue sauce makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken wings; carbonara takes on a northern slant with the addition of razor clams). With over 100 vibrant, ingredient-driven recipes—including modern spins on New England staples like clam chowder, brown bread, and Boston cream whoopie pies, as well as beloved dishes from Jennings’s award-winning restaurant, Townsman—Homegrown shines a spotlight on a trailblazing chef and pays homage to America’s oldest cuisine.
“A treasury of ingenious takes on New England and American classics. . . . Gorgeous, flavorful dishes. . . . Jennings’s exciting recipes will inspire readers to get more creative with their cooking.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“[One of] the 7 Most Anticipated Cookbooks of Fall 2017.”
“Spills and stains are to be expected on this lushly photographed compendium of New England(-ish) food, its pages shot through with clever ideas absorbed during [Jennings’s] culinary coming-of-age by way of Italy and California.”
—Food & Wine
“In his first cookbook, Matt Jennings takes his stand as a New Englander, writing with raw vitality of how he became a chef, and how he finds beauty and meaning in a landscape by turns barren and verdant. . . . Homegrown, I’m happy to say, is not a chef-y, showoff-y, navel-gazing bore filled with recipes a home cook will never bother to tackle. I’m done with those. It is a deeply personal tribute by a man who feels the salt and iron of the region coursing through his very blood. There’s honesty and design in the way he organizes chapters in an elemental way: Dairy, Ocean, Farm, Garden and Orchard, Forest. Each venue offers fine things to eat and drink, both savory and sweet; each place has its own seasons and rhythms. . . . This one’s a stunner. Boy’s got something to say.”
“A loving exploration of the dishes, landscapes, and ingredients of the region, it is filled with recipes that are personal while pushing the envelope of local cuisine.”
About Author Matt Jennings
With four James Beard Foundation Award nominations for Best Chef: Northeast, three Cochon 555 wins, and a spot on Food & Wine’s 40 Under 40 Big Thinkers in America list, chef Matt Jennings is recognized nationally for his bold, lusty cooking, and his dedication to New England artisan and seasonal ingredients. After a decade of success with his restaurant Farmstead in Providence, Jennings returned to his native city of Boston in February 2015 to open Townsman, a New England brasserie that pays homage to his deep roots in the area, showcasing his commitment to locality and love of the Northeast. Townsman was named one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America; USA Today named it one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in the country; and Food & Wine included Townsman in their list of 10 Restaurants of the Year.
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